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Christopher Levenson

Christopher Levenson

Born London, England 1934; came to Canada 1968, taught English, Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Carleton University, Ottawa, from 1968 to 1999, now Adjunct Professor. He lived for approximately two years in the Netherlands and three in Germany, and has travelled widely elsewhere in Europe, North America and Asia, especially India. Since retiring he has taught for a semester each at the State University of St Petersburg, Russia (late 2002) and at the Kohinoor Business School (on behalf of Carleton's School of Business) in Khandala, India from November 2004 to February 2005.Co-founded Arc magazine and was main Editor 1978-1988; co-founded and was Series editor of the Harbinger Poetry Series imprint of Carleton University Press, 1994-1999; founded and organized the Arc Reading Series in downtown Ottawa 1981 to 1991; was Reviews Editor of Literary Review of Canada, 1997, and of English Studies in Canada, 1998-2002.



In Transit (poems, one third of New Poets 1959, ed. Edwin Muir,. Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, England, 1959
Cairns (poems). Chatto & Windus, London, England, 1969
Stills (poems). Chatto & Windus, London, England, 1972
Into the Open (poems). Golden Dog Press, Ottawa, Ont., 1977
The Journey Back (poems). Sesame Press, Windsor, Ont, 1978
Arriving at night (poems). Mosaic Press, Oakville, Ont, 1986
The Return (poem). Mandeville Press, Hitchin, Herts., England, 1986
Half Truths (poems). Wolsak & Wynn, Toronto, Ont., 1990
Duplicities: New and Selected Poems. Mosaic Press, Oakville, Ont., 1993
The Bridge (poems). Buschek Books, Ottawa, Ont, 2000
Local Time (poems). StoneFlower Press, Ottawa, Ont, 2006
Seeking Hearts Solace (17th C Dutch poetry in my translation). Aliquando Press, Toronto, Ont, 1981
Light of the World (17thC Dutch religious poetry in my translation). Netherlandic Press, Windsor, Ont, 1982
Night Vision. Quattro Books, Toronto, 2014
A tattered coat upon a stick. Quattro Books, Toronto, 2017


Eric Gregory Award (for first book of poetry or drama), 1960
Archibald Lampman Award for The Journey Back (poems), 1987
Governor General's Award for Poetry (short listed), 2014
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